Stemming from design and utility, Chrome started fifteen years ago with the idea to create clothing, shoes and bags for purpose and function. Chrome is based in San Francisco and has retail stores in it’s hometown, New York and an online presence: www.chromebagsstore.com
Recently we had the opportunity of reviewing Chrome’s Kursk shoes. They are made from ultra durable 1,000 denier Cordura fabric. I had to look Cordura up and see why it would be important to me. Essentially, this is what the military or anyone looking to have something last and be functional, uses on their gear. I found it to be strong and resilient, but still flexible to provide great support to your foot.Whether it is riding through the city or trendy bar hopping, the Kursk shoe can conform to all elements. They are available in six colors, black, brown, gray, green, blue and red, so you’re able to find the right color for your gear and taste. One great feature is on the tongue of the shoe you will find a “lace garage”. This allows you to tuck your laces in while riding your bike and free from getting caught in your chain. I don’t know how many times I have torn a pair of laces in the chain, I would always tuck them in on the side, but this was always uncomfortable, Chrome has solved this.The front of the shoe has a narrow design to allow easy use of toe cages and a rubber covered toe to avoid marring. This is definetly true of the shoe, fitting for city/messenger type riding.
Moving to the bottom of the shoe, you will find the skid resistant contact rubber sole and a reflective hit on the heel to keep you visible on those night rides. The uppers and soles are 100% vulcanized construction. Inside the sole is board lasted, which strengthens the platform of the shoe to avoid pedal hot spots. The mid-sole are reinforced with nylon/glass fiber to support the midsole and a polyurethane contoured crash pad. The insole is contoured and provides ample cushion to the step. I’ve been wearing the shoes in as many conditions possible, whether it be riding, running around with the kids, out on the town or snowball fights in the snow. They are comfortable and stylish.
I have been a Cons and Vans wearer since I was able to wear shoes. From my review I say ditch the Cons and step into the Chrome Kursk. I found them to fit well and are true to size, so order the same size you currently wear in your Cons, Vans or any similar type shoe. They grip well like Vans on studded pedals and feel great walking and wearing all day. The soles absorb shock and are comfortable. I didn’t find that my feet got hot or sweaty as they breathe well and as mentioned prior, I took them out in the snow and they kept my feet mostly dry. The Kursk’s will not let you down and set at $70, that is a small price to pay for this assurance of quality, durability and design. Check back at Talking Treads to see how they do in the longevity test.
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Photos: Mariea Rummel Photography